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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Praying In Their Tea

I find this to be somewhat worrisome. It’s from a survey of the Tea Party

Nearly half (47%) also say they are part of the religious right or conservative Christian movement. Among the more than 8-in-10 (81%) who identify as Christian within the Tea Party movement, 57% also consider themselves part of the Christian conservative movement.

They make up just 11% of the adult population—half the size of the conservative Christian movement (22%).

They are mostly social conservatives, not libertarians on social issues. Nearly two-thirds (63%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and less than 1-in-5 (18%) support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

They are largely Republican partisans. More than three-quarters say they identify with (48%) or lean towards (28%) the Republican Party. More than 8-in-10 (83%) say they are voting for or leaning towards Republican candidates in their districts, and nearly three-quarters (74%) of this group report usually supporting Republican candidates.

I’ve long worried that the promising Tea Parties would descend into a dangerous Religious Right populism.  It’s manifesting itself in such things as Jim Demint saying that gays and sexually active single should not be allowed to teach school.

However, I’m not pressing the panic button yet.  Similar polls would have shown similar results for the Republican Party in the 80’s and 90’s.  And if the ascent into power of the GOP plunged us into a New Inquisition, I must have missed it.  As I said, we need to keep an eye on religious fundamentalism.  But, at this stage, it’s no reason to abandon the Tea Party.

(One other note: the last poll result is a little bit misleading.  People are gravitating to the Republican Party right now because they’re not in power and the populace doesn’t like the decisions being made by the people who are in power.  Last week, I cited other polling data showing that the Tea Partiers do not trust the Republican Party.  Again, if the GOP thinks they can ride this into office and go back to business as usual, they are in for a shock.)

Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/07/10 at 06:44 AM in Elections   Election 2010  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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